Day in history for February 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Nine hundred people left New York for California. People should think twice before rushing to the gold fields. In San Francisco, it is reported, 400 have gone insane.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Since The Argus was the first to present the theory that impure hydrant water is the cause of our city's serious epidemic of winter cholera, some must deny the theory. But Dr. Calvin Truesdale now has proved that sewage-poisoned water is the cause of our present scourge.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It has been many winters since we have had such strong ice in the Mississippi. Nowhere is the ice less than 15 inches thick. Five hundred people cross on the ice daily between Davenport and Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
One hundred men took part in a wolf hunt in the hills five miles east of Coal Valley, but no wolf was sighted.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, president of Augustana College, will introduce U.S. Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, candidate for the Republican nomination for president, when Taft appears at a rally in Augustana gymnasium Friday night.

1977 -- 25 years ago
George Reynolds, Cambridge, an engineering technician at Rodman Laboratory on Arsenal Island, has been chosen the first recipient of the Inventor of the Year award. The Arsenal invention evaluation committee selected Reynolds for being the most prolific inventor, having received two patents last year and filed for two others.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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